'Guam Safer after Kim Jong-un's Remarks'

'Guam Safer after Kim Jong-un's Remarks'

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The upcoming military exercises by the US and South Korea occur every year.

If North Korea fires missiles deemed to be a threat to Guam, "then it's game on, and we will try and do our best to make sure it does not hit the United States", Mattis said.

Satellite images have captured North Korea moving missiles into position, as tensions rise over a possible strike on Guam.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was also asked about Kim's announcement that he would put off a potential missile strike on or near Guam. "We continue to be interested in finding ways to get to dialogue, but that's up to him".

Lobbing missiles toward Guam, a major US military hub in the Pacific, would be a deeply provocative act from the USA perspective, and a miscalculation on either side could lead to a military clash.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reviewed his military's plans to rain "an enveloping fire" around the USA territory of Guam - but opted not to fire missiles at this time, according to state media.

That could refer to the U.S.

China's Global Times newspaper, a state-run tabloid, was scathing of South Korea's decision to proceed with the drills.

North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper said in an editorial Saturday that the North's army is "capable of fighting any war the US wants".

"There is no stepping back for North Korea".

Even if the missiles, reentry vehicles, and guidance systems worked perfectly, which is a stretch, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Monday that the United States would shoot down the incoming missiles.

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"Regardless of whatever twist and turns we could experience, the North Korean nuclear program should absolutely be solved peacefully, and the (South Korean) government and the U.S. government don't have a different position on this".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday there would be no military action without Seoul's consent and his government would prevent war by all means.

North Korea is currently holding three US citizens it accuses of espionage or hostile acts, but now is not the right time to discuss them, KCNA reported, citing a foreign ministry spokesman.

Dunford is visiting South Korea, Japan and China after a week in which Trump declared the US military "locked and loaded" and said he was ready to unleash "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the United States.

"US military would be able to determine "within moments" after launch whether or not a North Korean missile was headed for USA territory, including Guam".

"I think the rhetoric is one thing but if we have any belief, as a country or as an island, that there is going to be a threat, we are going to be prepared".

The North followed the May launch with two flight tests of its Hwasong-14 ICBM last month. Analysts said that a wide swath of the continental United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, could be within reach of those missiles, once they're perfected.

A USA military official told CNN they suspected North Korea was moving a missile launcher which could fire medium range ballistic missiles.

The South Korean president says the North Korean nuclear crisis must "absolutely be solved peacefully" and there can be no USA military moves without South Korean consent.

Other countries continued to appeal for calm. Experts contacted by Business Insider noted that North Korea's statement was full of conditional clauses, and likely indicated he was bluffing.

The dispute has also raised fears in South Korea, where a conservative political party on Wednesday called for the United States to bring back tactical nuclear weapons to the Korean Peninsula.

Beijing, which is Pyongyang's main diplomatic ally, has repeatedly called on the United States and North Korea to tone down their rhetoric in recent days.